New housing bill could change the way municipalities preserve historical buildings

Niagara-on-the-Lake's deputy mayor is bringing up concerns with provincial bill 108.

Entitled the 'More Homes, More Choice Act', the proposed bill looks at housing in the province, but there are also sections that would change the Ontario Heritage Act.

Niagara-on-the-Lake councillor Clare Cameron says there are 25 changes to the Heritage Act, including requiring municipal councils to offer more research proving a building is worthy of designation.

Cameron also brought up concerns that meetings of the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal may not be held in public.

The provincial government has listed proposed changes to the Heritage Act on the Environmental Registry for 30 days - the public has until May 31st to weigh in.